On 2 May 2014, the United Nations (U.N.) Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) concluded a two-month technical mission to the Kingdom of Bahrain. OHCHR has been extremely active in addressing the litany of human rights abuses in Bahrain. Unfortunately, the Government of Bahrain’s own obstinacy and interference limited the amount that OHCHR’s mission was able to achieve. Far from having a full implementation and reporting mandate, the Bahrain government limited OHCHR’s mission to “technical assessment,” and did not allow OHCHR’s team to provide implementation assistance or a public report of their findings. Further, the Government of Bahrain has refused to allow OHCHR to establish a full and permanent office in Bahrain in order to assist the Government in fulfilling its human rights obligations, despite the continuation of well-documented and systematic human rights abuses. When combined with previous slights against OHCHR, including the twice-cancelled visit by the Special Rapporteur on Torture and failure to allow any other U.N. Special Procedures to enter the country, it is clear that the Government of Bahrain is interested only in cosmetic cooperation with OHCHR and the positive media attention that it receives from such interaction.Read more here.